Compact and virtually car-free, downtown Copenhagen is a great city for shopping

Copenhagen is a great city for shopping, thanks to its compact downtown area, most of which is pedestrian. Walking street Stroget stretches from Radhuspladsen at one end to Kongens Nytorv on the other, with a couple of squares along the way, and contains Danish high street fashion, department stores, toy stores and cafes. For more interesting shopping however, head off the well-beaten path and check out the alternative music stores and vintage clothing boutiques of the Latin Quarter, or creative souvenirs on Kompagnistraede.

Shopping can be expensive, but sales in January and July can offer some great bargains. Visitors from outside the EU are entitled to tax-free purchases. Service is generally friendly and staff will often take their time to gift-wrap, even during the busy holiday season.

Grand old Magasin du Nord has to be top of anyone’s list here on a shopping trip: Scandinavia’s largest and oldest department store, it can be found right on Kongens Nytov Square. Around the corner on Ostergade, rival department store Illum comes a close second.

Fans of timeless Danish design should check out Royal Copenhagen and Georg Jensen (luxurious china, crystal and silver), or for the best in simple functionality, stores like Hay and the harborfront Paustian. Those who can never get enough pairs of shoes will swoon at the decadent range of Danish footwear boutique Apair.

Shopping malls also exist in Copenhagen. High-end fashion is in focus at small arcade Galleri K, while large malls like the out-of-town Fields and waterfront Fisketorvet are a little more provincial in their ranges. Norreport’s covered gourmet market Torvehallerne is a must for visiting foodies.

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Fisketorvet is a shopping mall situated on the waterfront in the Vesterbro district, across a footbridge from Dybbolsbro S-toget station. In addition to more than 120 stores and 15 cafes and restaurants, there is also a 10-screen movie...  Read More

Galleri K
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Formerly a rather tatty shopping mall known as City Arkaden, thorough renovation has witnessed the center reborn as Galleri K; a small but exclusive collection of shops in an internal square bordered by Ostergade, Pilestraede, Antonigade and...  Read More

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Danish footwear store Apair is one of the most exclusive shoe shops in Copenhagen, and undoubtedly total temptation to any woman who just can't get enough shoes. In addition to Apair's own glamorous and high-heeled designs, the boutique sells...  Read More

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A must for anyone interested in Scandinavian design, Paustian specializes in modern, functional furnishings and interiors from internationally-recognized designers. The white waterfront building was designed in 1987 by J�rn Utzon (known...  Read More

Nansensgade Quarter
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Copenhagen's covered food market on Israels Plads by Norreport Station is a must for foodie travelers. The purpose-built marketplace opened in September 2011 on the site of the city's old produce market, which moved out to the suburbs in the...  Read More

Georg Jensen
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The Georg Jensen brand has been synonymous with expensive Scandinavian design and quality craftsmanship for more than a century. What started as a small store to showcase the designs of a talented silversmith is today a brand of exclusive...  Read More

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A furniture and interiors store arranged with the perfection of a gallery to show modern Danish design at its very best. Hay harks back to the glory days of '50s and '60s Scandinavian design, when artists like Arne Jacobsen and Vernor Panton...  Read More

Royal Copenhagen


The flagship store of the world-famous Danish kitchenware design house is worth a visit even if you're merely window shopping, and includes a small museum floor following some of the most influential of the royal blue porcelain designs....  Read More

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Located centrally on pedestrianized Østergade, Illum is a classic department store that - with Magasin du Nord - a Copenhagen landmark that dates from the end of the 19th-century. Everything here is wonderfully arranged and can be packed just...  Read More

Magasin Du Nord
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This historic department store is the oldest (and largest) in Scandinavia and sits grandly on Kongens Nytorv square. Established in 1890, Magasin du Nord was previously Hotel du Nord - writer H.C. Andersen once rented a couple of tiny attic...  Read More


Meet Jane Graham

After touring most of Europe in her twenties, Jane was charmed by Copenhagen's relaxed tempo and moved there from her native northern England in 1999. Four young children at home has meant...  More About Jane